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Russian is the official language in Russia and 8 other countries and states, including Transnistria. There are 277 million Russian speakers worldwide, most of them in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus.
Russian is also one of the official languages of the United Nations, UNESCO, and a number of other organizations such as the International Community Court and the International Civil Aviation Organization. This is one of the reasons why a Russian translator is in demand.
What You Need To Know Before Hiring A Russian Translator
Russian is spoken interchangeably with Ukranian and Belrusian in the eastern and southern part of Ukraine and throughout Belarus.
There are some similarities with Church Slavonic language in terms of vocabulary, word formations, inflection and literary style. There are also influences from Greek, Polish, Latin, Dutch, French, German and English.
Nine other languages derive from Russian. These are: Balachka, Fenysa, Medny Aleut, Padonskaffsky jargon, Quelia, Runglish, Russenorsk, Surzhyk, and Trasianka.
The Russian alphabet
The Russian alphabet has 33 letters, and is a modified form of the Cyrillic alphabet. Russian is often transliterated into Latin because of many computing restrictions and the unavailability of Cyrillic keyboards in other countries. A Russian translator or typist can also use the extended Unicode character encoding instead.
Russian grammar is highly fusional in terms of morphology. It syntax is a combination of: a polished vernacular foundation, inheritance from Church Slavonic, and a style that is Western European.
There are many Italian, French and German loanwords. Many Russian words also resemble English words, such as: проблема = problem, and кофе = coffee.
However, you need to be careful with Russian words that may look like familiar English words, but could mean a completely different thing. For example, магазин or magazin in Russian actually means “shop”. If you want a “magazine”, then ask for a журнал or zhurnal. If you are invited to a kабинет or kabinet, they are not referring to a cupboard. You are invited to their office.
The stress placed on a syllable can also put an entirely different meaning to a word or a phrase. For example, Я плачу or ja plachU means “I’m paying”. However, if you change the stress and say я плáчу or ja plAchu, you’re saying “I’m crying.”
Watch this video for a quick lesson on Russian tenses:
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